The Apple Watch may acquire the ability to measure blood pressure, blood sugar and blood alcohol levels, according to newly discovered information about one of Apple’s selected business partners.
Apple has become the largest customer of the British electronics startup Rockley Photonics, The telegraph reports.
Rockley Photonics has developed non-invasive optical sensors to detect a variety of blood-related health indicators, including blood pressure, blood glucose and blood alcohol levels, many of which are typically detected with more invasive special medical equipment. Rockley sensors emit infrared light through the user’s skin, similar to existing sensors on the back of the Apple Watch to detect heart rate and blood oxygen levels.
Rockley’s revelation that his biggest customer is Apple came as the company prepares to go public in New York. The company’s records say that Apple has accounted for most of its revenue over the past two years and that it has an ongoing “supply and development agreement” with the company, according to which it expects to continue to rely heavily on Apple for the most part. of revenue.
Given the growth of Rockley Photonics and the scale of Apple’s partnership with the company, it seems almost inevitable that the company’s health sensor technology will come to the Apple Watch sooner rather than later.
The company has set up an office in San Jose, in addition to facilities in Oxford, Cardiff, Cork and Helsinki. Rockley said its next-generation sensors could be in consumer smartwatches and other electronics right after next year. This would probably be in line with the release of the Apple Watch Series 8 models.
So far, rumors have suggested that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7 will receive blood glucose monitoring, but Rockley’s comments may indicate that the function has been postponed until 2022. It is also possible that blood glucose monitoring will still come in Apple Watch Series 7 this year, followed by a significant expansion of Rockley’s in-device technology next year with features such as blood pressure and blood alcohol control.